Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Soul Mining: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition by The The

This lavish boxset celebrates the 30th anniversary of The The’s major label debut album, Soul Mining, originally released in October, 1983. The re-packed and expanded version contains an authentic reproduction of the album, with newly remastered audio from the original master tapes (overseen at Abbey Road by Matt Johnson), as well as an extra 12” gatefold vinyl of alternative versions and remixes.

The remastered audio has also been dubbed from new vinyl test pressings recorded from Matt Johnson’s original 1982 Thorens TD-147 gramophone player using patent ‘Dubbed-From-Disc’ technology, obtainable via a download code contained within the boxset. The boxset also includes a unique ‘news-poster’ containing extensive notes written by Matt Johnson that detail the making of the album.

LP 1
 1. I've Been Waitin' For Tomorrow (All Of My Life)
 2. This Is The Day
 3. The Sinking Feeling
 4. Uncertain Smile
 5. The Twilight Hour
 6. Soul Mining
 7. Giant

LP 2
 1. Uncertain Smile
 2. Perfect
 3. This Is The Day
 4. Fruit of the Heart
 5. Perfect
 6. I've Been Waitin' For Tomorrow (All Of My Life)

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Space Wrangler (Pre-Order) by Widespread Panic

Widespread Panic's first album, originally released on a tiny Atlanta, GA label. This reissue boasts three new tracks, one of them a lengthy medley; more to the point, it's a remarkably confident album that belies its tiny budget. The band hit the ground running, tip their hat to and blow a raspberry at Mark Knopfler, and generally show everyone a good time.  - Steven McDonald (All Music)

1. Chilly Water
2. Travelin' Light
3. Space Wrangler
4. Coconut
5. The Take Out
6. Porch Song
7. Stop-Go
8. Driving Song
9. Gomero Blanco
10. Holden Oversoul
11. Contentment Blues
12. Me And The Devil Blues/Heaven

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Widespread Panic - Space Wrangler (Pre-Order)
2. Widespread Panic (Pre-Order)
3. Pink Floyd - The Division Bell
4. Bob Marley - Legend - 30th Anniversary Edition
5. Brad Fiedel - Terminator 2 Soundtrack (Pre-Order)
6. Mark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavalle - Perils From The Sea (Pre-Order)
7. Hans Zimmer - Batman Begins OST
8. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
9. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
10. The Beatles Mono Box Set (Pre-Order)


from our friends at SpinCleanRecordWasher

Spin-Clean® Record Washer MKII, 40th Anniversary "Retro" Unit Now Available

40 years ago, the most effective and affordable record cleaner was introduced to the vinyl community. Since then, Spin-Clean® has been used by hundreds of thousands of vinyl enthusiasts, record dealers and libraries around the world, spinning and cleaning millions of LPs, 78s, and 45s.

Now, Spin-Clean® offers this limited-edition unit in its original color (with a “40th Anniversary Edition” placard) and in its original-shaped box. This retro Spin-Clean® is a must-have for vinyl fans and collectors alike and is only available while supplies last.

With any Spin-Clean® MKII standard unit and included accessories, you’re ready to begin removing the grime from your grooves.

•Washer Basin and Lid
•Washer Fluid 4oz
•One Pair Brushes MKII
•One Pair Rollers MKII
•Two Washable Drying Cloths

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from our friends at Sundazed

Big Brother & the Holding Company MONO Edition LP

Sundazed presents the high-definition vinyl reissue of the ultra-rare mono edition of Big Brother & the Holding Company’s 1967 debut! Besides being the album that introduced the world to Janis Joplin, Big Brother & the Holding Company’s first release stands as one of the classic recordings of ’60s rock. Joplin had added her fiery wail to the archetypal Haight-Ashbury acid-rock quintet only months before it entered the studio to make the album, and for the sessions she shares vocal duties with bassist Peter Albin and guitarist Sam Andrew. But, thanks to the LP’s raging single, “Down on Me,” it was immediately clear to radio audiences of the time that the Texas-born singer was a new force to be reckoned with.

In addition to Joplin’s inimitable blues cry, Big Brother’s other key strength lies in the scraping, distorted guitars of Sam Andrew and James Gurley, which are in heavy abundance on such choice cuts as the trippy “Light is Faster Than Sound,” the punkish “Women is Losers,” and the group’s fuzzy, droning remake of Moondog’s “All is Loneliness.” Cut from the original mono masters, this Sundazed edition adds two scarce single-only sides.

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The Guess Who - Shakin' All Over! 


Though they found worldwide fame in 1969, Winnipeg's Guess Who had been scoring scads of hard-rockin' hits in Canada for years, beginning with 1965's ferocious rendition of "Shakin' All Over." Now, spurred by the recent unearthing of a bevy of vintage master tapes—and with the help of Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman—we've gathered 24 of The Guess Who's hardest-hitting, most awesome recordings from '63-'67. With many tracks in true stereo and a handful of cuts that haven't seen daylight for more than 30 years, Shakin' All Over! is the ultimate distillation of the seismic sound of the early Guess Who, and is available on CD and as a double high-definition vinyl gatefold LP!

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Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign LP

Along with B.B. and Freddie, Albert King will forever be hailed as one of the original “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar.” Cutting a dynamic 6’ 4” figure on stage while playing his 1958 Gibson Flying V upside down to accommodate his left-handedness (paging Mr. Hendrix!), Albert earned the nickname “The Velvet Bulldozer” due to his forceful yet subtle style. An enormous influence on the British blues scene, Eric Clapton was perhaps King’s most vocal fan, crediting Cream classics like “Strange Brew” as direct extensions of King’s playing. Other axemen falling under his sway were the afore-mentioned Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Mick Taylor, Joe Walsh, Robbie Robertson and Stevie Ray Vaughan. By the late 1960s, King was headlining rock shows around the country and turning on generation of American fans to electric blues.

To record Born Under a Bad Sign, King walked “Lucy,” his well-worn Flying V, down Memphis’ McLemore Avenue and straight into Stax Studios. Once inside, he enlisted the aid of Booker T. and the MGs as well as the Memphis Horns. Talk about a backing band! The combination proved absolutely explosive as the MGs solid groove allowed King to lay down stinging solos with abandon. Though rightly hailed for his guitar prowess, King was also an incredibly soulful singer as he definitively demonstrates throughout the album. Often, he used his guitar as an extension of his voice, answering a vocal line with an equally descriptive lick. Just listen to the back-and-forth of “Laundromat Blues” for a prime example. The album’s title track, which became King’s signature song, also features fiery vocal and guitar interplay. For the “velvet” side of the bulldozer, try King’s tender treatment of the Tin Pan Alley chestnut, “The Very Thought of You.”

Upon release in 1967, Born Under a Bad Sign was hailed as an instant classic. It has since been recognized as one of the all-time great blues albums, with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award, placement in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” and induction into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame’s “Classics of Blues Recordings” among its many accolades. No thorough blues or rock collection is complete without it. Sundazed has sourced this edition directly from the original Stax analog masters to ensure that every lick, every line, every shout is captured. In addition to the album’s eleven original tracks, this Sundazed release adds two King rare mono single sides, “Funk-Shun” and “Overall Junction.” This “bad sign” ain’t nothin’ but good!

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from our friends at TheOmegaOrder

MESSENGER - Illusory Blues (grey vinyl)

MESSENGER (UK) is a musical troupe from London formed in the spring of 2012 by Khaled Lowe and Barnaby Maddick. They booked a session with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano at Orgone Studios that gave birth to their debut album, Illusory Blues: a cosmic ode to the forces of nature and the inevitable cycle of life. To cite musical influences would be futile. The musicians had made their names with bands in scenes as far apart as hardcore punk, black metal, and ambient music. Tonally, one might recall finding oneself in the same "space" occupied by other architects of sound such as Ulver, The Beatles, Swans, or Pink Floyd. But the stream of sound that emanates from the source of Illusory Blues is a heaving mass of organic richness, brimmed with intricate sounds that acknowledge the original fathers of experimentation but look forward in creating something new and unique. They dwell equally in the earthly realm of folk music and in the celestial void of progressive psychedelia, but have chanced upon a sound and an experience that sounds like no other. Rounded off by Daniel Knight and James Leach, the lineup of MESSENGER is now complete, but the journey has just begun.

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SUN RA - Cosmos (import reissue LP)

Sun Ra has always been an explorer, venturing out among the cycles and frequencies of the musical cosmos like a wild astronaut, bent on rejoicing and celebrating the wonders of the universe. The extended metaphor of space travel permeates the emotional climate of this masterful recording, as Sun Ras Arkestra reaches out to express the vibrations of the stars as in Interstellar the adventure of travel as in "Moonship" and "Unknown Planet." Sun Ra has always been ahead of his time, musically and spiritually, and has suffered somewhat at the hands of fashionable critics who disdained his attempts at cosmic communications.

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The Delmonas - The Delmonas

British garage pop girl group, the Del Monas began life as the Milk-Boilers. If that moniker sounds suspiciously similar to that of the Billy Childish and Mickey Hampsire-led Milkshakes, it’s no co-incidence: The trio got its start by singing backup on the lads’ recordings (and dating the boys in the band). Sarah (who went with Mickey Hampshire), Hilary (with Russ Wilkins), and Louise (with Bruce Brand) took the lead on a rendition of the Beatles’ “Boys” before striking out on their own with a couple of four-song EPs in 1984: Comin’ Home Baby (popularized by Mel Tormé) and Hello, We Love You (actually the Doors’ “Hello, I Love You.”) In both cases, the Milkshakes served as their backing band and Childish and Hampshire wrote most of the originals.

For these EPs, the girls were re-christened the Del Monas (originally two words) by Bruce Brand. The name was inspired by various R&B song titles (eg:The Queen Bees, the Monas) and was finalised as The Del Monas after Bruce saw a record by the Del Capris in a shop window. The following year, the Delmonas released their first full-length recording, Dangerous Charms, which contained a new version of 'Comin' Home Baby', the remaining EP tracks, three outtakes, and five numbers from a radio broadcast (it was later re-released as with additional material from another BBC session from 1988).

Interpersonal tensions resulted in a recording gap of several years and a revamped lineup for 1986′s follow-up, Delmonas 5!.

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Billy Childish, Holly Golightly - In Blood

BILLY has been releasing records since 1979, HOLLY has been releasing records since 1990, in 1999 they got together for a collaborative effort which originally came out in the USA on Wabana records.

IN BLOOD is a great album, pretty much ignored in Europe the first time around, it’s subtitled ‘ONE CHORD! ONE SONG! ONE SOUND! But it’s so much more than that, tracks like ‘Demolition Girl’ & ‘Step Out’ roar out of your stereo, really great dirty one chord (with many notes) blues songs with vocal trading, clanging guitars and backed by the Medway Delta Review, which features, Bruce and Johnny of Thee Headcoats as well as Johnny Gibb of the Wildebeests.

While simplicity, repetition and sheer rock & roll minimalism are at the heart of the album, ‘In Blood’ never ceases hold interest. It's just plain addictive.


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very cool collectible:

Cannibal Corpse  - A Skeletal Domain (Picture Disc)

Lucky number thirteen? Lucky or not, it's a quantity of releases (not even counting VHS/DVD releases and EPs) and a wealth of material beyond which most bands could even imagine. Cannibal Corpse approaches each recording session with a honed and precise vision of a band in their third decade of existence. With this new entry to their extensive catalog, they have switched gears, opting to work with producer Mark Lewis at Audio Hammer Studios, after having tracked their previous three (Kill, Evisceration Plague, Torture) with Erik Rutan. Mark Lewis is a name metal fans have surely heard at this point; he has produced recent albums from The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver, and many more. Sonically speaking, the result this time around is a massive, belligerent, and deliberate aural attack.

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U.S. Postal Service Unveils Janis Joplin Stamp


PRE-ORDER Ghoul: We Came For The Dead!!! Vinyl LP (Ships late August)

Obsessor: Obsession Collection


Rune Grammofon publish new book profiling independent free jazz and improvisation on vinyl


Albums coming to pink vinyl for breast cancer awareness


Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Vinyl

1. Gimme Something Good (7" vinyl) ~ Ryan Adams
2. Led Zeppelin II (Deluxe Edition Remastered)
3. Legend - 30th Anniversary Edition ~ Bob Marley
4. Led Zeppelin III (Deluxe Edition Remastered)
5. In the Lonely Hour ~ Sam Smith
6. XSCAPE ~ Michael Jackson
7. Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 ~ Sam Cooke
8. Led Zeppelin I (Remastered Original Vinyl)
9. Familiars (2xLP+CD) ~ The Antlers
10. Wolf (2LP+CD) ~ The Creator Tyler


BecauseSoundMatters Top 10 Vinyl Best Sellers

1. Mastodon - Once More ‘Round The Sun (Deluxe 2LP)
2. Mastodon - Once More ‘Round The Sun (2LP)
3. The Orwells - Disgraceland (Clear Vinyl)
4. Echosmith - Talking Dreams Vinyl
5. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
6. Cute Is What We Aim For - Rotation (Blue Colored Vinyl)
7. Mastodon - Blood Mountain
8. Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends
9. The Orwells - Righteous One 12-inch Vinyl Single (RSD release)
10. Wiz Khalifa - O.N.I.F.C.


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 6/23 - 6/29, 2014

Vinyl Top 25:
1. Jack White - Lazaretto
2. Phish - Fuego
3. Mastodon - Once More Round The Sun
4. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
5. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
6. The Black Keys - Turn Blue
7. Arctic Monkeys - AM
8. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
9. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
10. Sam Cooke - Portrait Of A Legend
11. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I
12. American Football - American Football (expanded reissue)
13. The Head & The Heart - The Head & The Heart
14. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
15. Dave Matthews Band - Remember Two Things
16. Medeski Martin & Wood - Combustication
17. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III
18. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
19. Pink Floyd - The Wall
20. Weezer - Weezer (the blue album)
21. Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
22. June Carter Cash - Wildwood Flower
23. Gold Bears - Dalliance
24. St Paul & The Broken Bones - Half The City
25. Beck - Morning Phase


album cover art of the day (see above):

CANNIBAL CORPSE To Release 'A Skeletal Domain' Album In September


album cover art of the day, part two:

GODSMACK: '1000hp' Album Cover Art Unveiled


album cover art of the day, part three:

INCITE To Release 'Up In Hell' In September